Courses and Activities

General Courses
Applied Skills
Musical Explorations

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Students who join us get to play a part in fun and engaging group courses and activities. Students also have the option to choose a Musical Focus (Applied Skill) and Musical Exploration.

General Courses

All students participate in the following:

Piano Ensemble

  • A highlight of the camp, every student will be matched up by level and experience with other camp students to prepare and perform duo, trio, quartet and even larger ensemble piano pieces.

  • Students learn coordination, listening, and balance while making friends.

  • Each ensemble is coached by a faculty member.

  • Every ensemble will be featured in a final concert for family and friends on Friday, July 31, 2020, beginning at 4:00 PM. PLEASE NOTE: All campers will be expected to participate in this final concert.

Performance Forum

  • Students learn about various performance-related issues, including stage presence, etiquette, and listening skills.

  • Historical and stylistic differences are discussed, such as "What makes Chopin sound different than Mozart?"

  • This class offers an opportunity for students to perform for their peers, if they wish, at the same time receiving feedback from a master teacher.

  • Students who so desire may also volunteer to perform a solo piece in the midweek camp recital.

Theory: "FUN"-damentals of Music

  • In a fun and engaging way, students learn how music is constructed; this includes identification of music elements, musical form and more.

  • Students learn how to apply their understanding of these concepts to the interpretation of music for performance.

Activities Showcase

  • Changing daily, students spend this time after lunch exploring new facets of music through different formats, including interactive demonstrations, crafts, and games.

Applied Skills (choose one):

The following Applied Skills classes give the student a chance to apply his or her musical knowledge and understanding to the development of a specific skill that will enhance the student's pleasure and performance at the piano. No previous experience in these areas is necessary.

A. Adventures in Composition
The Composition class will explore fascinating aspects of music creation. The course includes experimentation with diverse sound sources, working with modern as well as traditional methods of notation, and exploring principles of form, tension/resolution, character and mood.

B. Accompanying - the Pianist as Partner
Students in this class will explore the skills needed to be a fine accompanist. They will have the unique opportunity of preparing music with another instrumentalist and/or vocalist.

C. Keyboards Across the Ages
In this hands-on introduction to the organ and single/double-manual harpsichords, each student will have the experience of learning to perform on one of these precursors of the piano. Students will discover firsthand the similarities and differences between the piano, harpsichord and organ, and be introduced to Bach's "favored" keyboard instrument, the clavichord.

D. Sight Reading for Fun
The sight-reading class will help students improve their ability to play new music for fun the first time they see it. The focus is on quick recognition of notes, rhythms, and musical patterns.

Musical Explorations (choose one):

The University of Redlands Piano camp offers an ever-changing array of musical experiences and explorations for students. This year, there are four explorations from which to choose.

A. Music and ART: "Putting Sound on Paper"
Students will uncover the common elements that shape music and art, specifically color, form, texture and rhythm. Using a variety of raw materials, and inspired by musical examples, each student will have a chance to create his or her own artwork.

B. Music and DRAMA: “Lights! Music! Action! How to Make a Scene.”
Students will uncover the dramatic elements within a musical composition by studying a broad range of emotions and discovering the means by which composers convey their feelings. Class activities include listening as well as script writing, physical enactment and performance.

C. Music and DANCE: “Let the beat begin!”
Why do we like to dance and move to the beat? Do you find yourself tapping your foot to your favorite song or wanting to swing and sway when you hear a snappy tune? Join this class for a fun and exhilarating 50 minutes each day, learning to coordinate physical movement with music of many styles and periods.

D. Music and MULTI-MEDIA: "Listening with our Eyes!"
In addition to documenting the daily activities of Piano Camp, students will create a "Nature Symphony" on film, juxtaposing nature scenes they video on location around campus with the recorded piano performances of other campers. Students will learn the basics of videography, including how to handle a camera, sound recording, and editing.


Campers returning for at least their 3rd summer can additionally choose to participate in an exciting project combining Art, Drama and Multimedia. This special group will create and present a unique experience involving the combination of music, video, dramatic action and set design.

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